Proof Liberty Nickels

The Philadelphia Mint struck proof versions of the Liberty Nickel for each year of the series from 1883 to 1912. Most issues were struck by the thousands, representing high mintages for proof coins of this era. As a result, all Proof Liberty Nickels remain relatively available for present day collectors.

A complete collection of the 31 different proof issues of the series can be assembled without much difficulty. The two dates which command a premium are the 1885 and 1886. Although the mintages for both were on the high end of the spectrum, the rarity of the circulation strike coins increases the demand for the proof coins.

For all years, cameo proof coins can be found. Coins exhibiting deep cameo or ultra cameo devices are much more rare and have not been graded as such for many issues of the series.

Proof Liberty Nickel Mintages

Date Mintage
1883 without CENTS 5,219
1883 with CENTS 6,783
1884 3,942
1885 3,790
1886 4,290
1887 2,960
1888 4,582
1889 3,336
1890 2,740
1891 2,350
1892 2,745
1893 2,195
1894 2,632
1895 2,062
1896 1,862
1897 1,938
1898 1,795
1899 2,031
1900 2,262
1901 1,985
1902 2,018
1903 1,790
1904 1,817
1905 2,152
1906 1,725
1907 1,475
1908 1,620
1909 4,763
1910 2,405
1911 1,733
1912 2,145